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Cook County Circuit Court Judge Leonard Murray is seeking a seat on the 1st District Appellate Court. – Photo courtesy of the judge

Judge Leonard Murray brings experience, perseverance to appellate race

Judge Leonard Murray said his experience doing “virtually every type of case” will prove advantageous if elected to the 1st District Appellate Court.

‘Inimitable’ Lisa Blatt nears 50th high court argument

No woman has appeared more often before the Supreme Court than Lisa Blatt, who will make her 50th argument this month.

Mariyana Spyropoulos says she’d be change agent as court clerk

After more than a decade as a commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Board, Mariyana Spyropoulos is hopeful that she will be making a job title change to clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County.

Trial Notebook


Lawyer erred on personal representative after learning defendant was dead

Answering a question certified for immediate appeal in a case where the plaintiff didn’t know the defendant was dead when the lawsuit was filed, the Illinois Appellate Court concluded that the maneuver used by plaintiff’s attorney to rectify the problem — having his secretary appointed as “personal representative” of the decedent’s estate under Sec. 13-209(c) of the Code of Civil Procedure and then naming her as defendant in an amended complaint — was the wrong move.

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